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the leaders. >> on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. >> we decimated al qaeda central, eliminated osama bin laden. >> al qaeda is much weaker than it was when i came into office. >> osama bin ladens dead, and general motors as a live. >> thear in afghanistan is coming to a close. al qaeda is on the path to the feet. osama bin laden is dead. >> today the core of al qaeda in afghanistan and pakistan is on the path of the feet. the remaining operators spend more time thinking about their own safety and plotting against us. lou: joining us now, radio talk-show host, fox news contributor, former reagan potical director, fox is political analyst. thank you both for being here. a defeat for al qaeda, and today we are watching the united states close 19 of our facilities in the middle east and north africa. your reaction? >> my reaction is that the president obviously did what he thought he had to to get reelected instead of talking in terms of an ongoing threat. he made some progress, but it's anngoing threat tt will be the the rest of our lifetime and we have to do whatever
on the cards. he got rid of virtually the entire top leadership of al-qaeda with the exception of osama bin laden who eventually was caught. >> now we agree. bring bush back. >> i don't see this as partisan. i am not making it partisan. >> you keep talking about the two presidents and this is america. if a come play sen see is our biggest enemy we should work together and say, look, do you trust the government, or do you not? skepticism is healthy in a democracy. every bit of skepticism they got today and for the administration was the same as the bush administration. i think that is probably a good thing. >> doesn't decimate mean you destroy everything but one-10th of one percent? >> i am not sure of the exact definition. >> can you get back to me 1234* we are talking talking about al-qaeda being decimated. >> there should be no doubt. today america is stronger and al-qaeda is on the path to defeat. we decimated al-qaeda's leadership. >> al-qaeda is on the path to defeat and bin laden is dead. >> we december saw -- decimated al-qaeda central and eliminated osama bin laden. >> al-qaeda is m
it a chance to rebuild is now within our reach. thanks to air force personnel who did their part, osama bin laden is no longer a threat to our country. we've put al qaeda on the path to defeat. >> osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive. >> al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. >> we decimated al qaeda central, we have eliminated osama bin laden. that was our purpose. >> well, colonel, it appears that's not the case. your reaction? >> well, bin laden is dead, but radical islam is alive and well. how is that arab spring working out for you, mr. obama? here's the problem. they're lying to themselves, they've been lying to us. this global warning is nothing more than evidence of the o-team's a businebysmal failure protection of america. and that report on the two leaders in yemen. remember, september is the 16th anniversary of the bombings in kenya and tanzania. anniversaries matter to these people, sean. this crowd didn't take that heed back on september 11. it means more suicide bombers, and t
by osama bin laden when he was leading al qaeda. they weren't always followed and they didn't always trigger this kind of response. >> exactly. richard aeengel, thanks to you. there's been a higher threat level, a lot of extra security there but they're telling you this is unrelated to what is going on in the middle east and in north africa. >> it is, andrea. what we're hearing from former and current military and intelligence officials in pakistan is that although it is a separate incident that they're dealing with in pakistan, it is certainly when you take a step back and look at it parallel in many ways. over the weekend in islamabad the capital city of pakistan was shut down. we are told this was prompted by an intelligence intercept of communications, possibly between two taliban leaders, talking about a potential target attack in islamabad. maybe on a pakistani target though. not necessarily on american or international target. we're told that could have been navy force -- sorry. air force target or a navy installation or even an intelligence office in or around the capital. wh
, the intelligence that sparked all this was a communication from osama bin ladin's replacement, ayman al zawahiri to the head of the al qaeda arm in yemen. the terrorist leaders discussed plotting an attack to coincide with a in muslim holy day this week. this afternoon nbc news is reporting that one reason the u.s. reacted so aggressively is because al qaeda operatives said they wanted an attack that, quote, would change the balance of power in the region. well, as american counter terrorist officials are dealing with this threat, some on the right are using it to hit the president as weak on national security. big surprise there. take a look what bill kristol and former senator jim demint said this weekend on fox. >> four years ago, president obama gave a much heralded speech, his outreach to the muslim world. now four years later we're closing embassies throughout the arab world. a year ago he said al qaeda is on the run. now we seem to be on the run. i'm not criticizing the decision to close the embassies. that's probably the right thing to do for the sake of trying to save american lives and
noting an attack could have happened as early as yesterday. once the personal secretary to osama bin laden, runs the yemen based branch of al qaeda that has proven the most aggressive in plotting against the u.s. his group, is home to an explosives expert who over the past four years, has targeted u.s. bound airplanes with bombs hidden in underwear and computer printers. they have been battered by drone strikes. the deputy commander was killed earlier this year they remain dangerous and capable of inflicting serious damage. while u.s. officials were stunned they broke operational security openly discussing possible plots intelligence remains incomplete. analysts still can't say where, when or how an attack may be carried out so the u.s. has been forced into a blanket defense across north africa and the middle east 19 u.s. diplomatic missions will remain closed through saturday. while there is no indication that terrorists are targeting the u.s. main land security is being tightened around new york city landmarksome of the nations airports. while nothing obviously happened august 4th,
-election campaign. >> al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. >> reporter: and months into the second term. >> al qaeda is a shell of its former self. >> reporter: in light of benghazi and the terror alert, graham says far from it. >> after benghazi, the al qaeda types are on steroids thinking we are weaking and they are stronger. >> is it fair to say al qaeda is on the path of defeat? >> most people who cover these issues understand that al qaeda core is the afghanistan/pack stain base. there's no question the al qaeda core has been greatly diminished. we have made clear over the past several years aqap, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is a concern. >> reporter: al qaeda core is evolving. the man leading aqap is believed to be al qaeda's number two in command. >> i think what we have seen particularly since the death of osama bin laden is a metamorphosis of sorts within al qaeda. >> reporter: the question is whether the new al qaeda has the capacity to pull off a 9/11 style attack. the closing of embassies, some that are like bunkers a reminder the terror network ca
that they be questioned and placed in custody of u.s. officials without delay. osama bin laden had been criminally charged long before the september 11, 2001 terrorist attacks but was not apprehended. delays in apprehending the suspected benghazi killers will only put american lives at further and needless risk, closed quote. ab? >> i think that's true. it is one thing after the embarrassment of cnn hunting down the top suspect named by the fbi that the fbi couldn't locate. it is not surprising that they would come up with some form of charging, but charging is different from detaining this person or the several others under this sealed criminal indictment. i also think it is not surprising that september 11th is coming up and they were going to come up with something like this pretty soon, so between the cnn report and the year anniversary, something was going to happen, conveniently it is congressional recess. i think you'll see more revelations and developments coming out from the administration and what's interesting about the politics of this is that there is not a mood on capitol hill for moving to
succeeded osama bin laden, ayman al zawahiri. the two men reportedly agreed that they wanted to do something big, timed to the end of the muslim holy month of ramadan which is right now. and that's what led the united states to close 19 embassies. there they are on the map and consulates in the mideast and africa. there's still a lot that remains unknown including which target. over the weekend, one thing clear from every lawmaker and official with knowledge of the attack, nobody's crying wolf here. this is one of the most serious threats in years. >> been an awful lot of chatter out there. chatter means conversation among terrorists about the planning that's going on. very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11. this is the most serious threat that i've seen in the last several years. >> we need to know and realize we're living in an increasingly dangerous world, and this many specific threats that we've been briefed on over and over again has reached a new level. >> i must say this is probably one of the most specific and incredible threats i've seen perhaps since 9th because of the specifici
and others but it's a terrible thing that -- just a year ago, boasting al qaeda is on the run and osama bin laden is dead. now an unprecedented closure of 22 embassies. >> i'm not questioning what he's doing. i think what bill is saying is true is our attempt to placate parts of the world reset to whether it's russia or somewhere else are clearly not working. the perception of weakness in this administration is encouraging this kind of behavior. >> of course, those were extreme hawks. someone needs to tell jim demint al qaeda doesn't care what you're relationship is with russia. for more on how washington reacted, i'm joined by senior correspondent michael crowley with me and "the washington post" opinion writer jonathan capehart. i guess what's interesting here, skrungt you start, it's the quick almost rabble-rousing political hysteria. instead of joining in which was the initial impulse of people like peter cink and lindsey graham was to join forces and say we've got a unique threat coming out of yemen. orders passed from pakistan. and deal with the issue at hand. instead they reverted im
is in afghanistan, alongside osama bin laden and kaurted and went back to prison and escaped from prison. >> what is going on with these prison breaks? >> it's scary. >> this was while ago but we had someone the last couple of weeks as well. >> the last couple of weeks very dramatic prison breaks. over a thousand taliban prisoners were able to escape in the hinterlands. a couple of days ago 4,000 prisoners walked out of leppo prisoner after islamic state of iraq launched an attack on that prison. we have seen prison breaks in iraq and abu ghraib and elsewhere. some of them gotten out we never will see again but unfortunately we will see some again and we will find out they are as dedicated what they were sent there to begin with. >> general, what do we need to do? what is the strategy moving forward? because when it comes to the middle east, obviously, we are getting out of iraq and afghanistan. we are helping some of the rebels some syria. seems like we are relying on drones to go after so many targets now. what is the strategy moving forward? >> i think we have probably done about as well as we
communications between al qaeda's main leader after osama bin laden's death and the head of al qaeda in yemen. abc news has also learned tonight why this threat that was emanating from overseas has now caused such alarm in the u.s. tonight, beefed up law enforcement, heightened awareness at airports from l.a. to new york, and more scrutiny on those trying to enter the country. a senior u.s. official tells abc news that the plot started in yemen and tonight u.s. officials are franticly searching for vehicle bombs al qaeda wants to use to blow up the u.s. embassy there and perhaps others as well. abc news has also learned that through surveillance and electronic eavesdropping more was discovered, including communications between al qaeda affiliates and someone in the u.s., not just electronic conversations but through the mail as well. the u.s. does not know the content of the letters. >> in terrorist communications in general, the simpler, more primitive forms of communication, the more effective they are. >> reporter: this is who al qaeda has been communicating with in yemen. one of those beh
happen as early as yesterday. nasir al-wuhayshi, once the personal secretary to osama bin laden, runs the yemen based branch of al qaeda that has proven to be the most aggressive in plotting against the u.s. bound airplanes with bombs hidden inside underwear and computer printers. al qaeda in the arabian peninsula has been battered by drone strikes. deputy commander saed al-shihri was killed earlier this year. but counterterrorism officials warn al qaeda in the arabian peninsula remains dangerous and capable of inflicting serious damage. while u.s. officials were stunned that veteran al qaeda leaders broke operational security by openly discussing possible plots, the intelligence remains incomplete. analysts who worked throughout we weekend still can't say where, when, or how an attack may be carried out. so the u.s. has been forced into a blanket defense. across north africa and the middle east 19 u.s. diplomatic missions will remain closed through saturday. and while there is no indication that terrorists are targeting the u.s. mainland, security is being tightened around new york c
. communicating with the head of al qaeda in yemen about a terror attack. >> catherine: that man, once osama bin laden's personal secretary, is reportedly now the second in command in the organization world wide. it >> may well be this a naser al-wuhayshi's coming out party as the number two of al >> catherine: qaeda. the wording indicated the preparations are in the final stages. >>it basically could be in europe. it could be in the united states. it could be a series of combined attacks. so, we need to be ready for everything. >> catherine: the u-s response has gone beyond the worldwide travel warning and closing embassies defense secretary chuck hagel ordered u.s. forces in spain and italy onto a higher state of alert. fifteen-hundred marines on board three navy warships in the red sea will now remain off the coast of yemen, ready to react. >> catherine: u-s intelligence officials have said he could be the most dangerous terrorist america faces. ibraham al-asiri, only 31- years old. master bomb-maker for the group 'al qaeda in the arabian peninsula'. "the ability to smuggle a, essentially, u
as sunday, august 4th. wuhayshi who was once the personal secretary to osama bin laden runs the yemen-based branch of al qaeda that has proven to be the most agress any of plotting against the u.s. his group, aqap is home to an explosive expert who over the past two years has targeted u.s.-bond airplanes with bombs hidden inside of underwear. and computer printers. aqap has been battered by drone strikes. deputy commander saeed al shihri was killed earlier this year. but counterintelligence officials warn that aqap remains dangerous and capable of inflicting serious damage. while u.s. officials were stunned that veteran al qaeda leaders broke operational security by openly discussing intelligence plots, the intelligence remains incomplete. analysts who worked throughout the weekend still can't say when, where or how an attack may be carried out. so the u.s. has been forced into a blanket defense across north africa and the middle east, 19 u.s. diplomatic missions will remain closed through saturday. and while there is no indication that terrorists are targeting the u.s. mainland, secu
these men osama bin laden's successor and the head. the decision to close u.s. all over the world has been met by bipartisan approval. they had to refrain the often repeated campaign claim that al qaeda was on the run. >> not sure about that. thank you so much doug luzader live for us this morning. >> now to an extreme weather lart for you within the past hour. hen the storm could be hitting the land by the end of next week. for more we turn to weather. >> 75 miles per hour maximum sustained winds. this is a concern. the one bit of good news is that we expect the storm system to continue to weaken over the next several days. take a look where it is over the open water continues to move west ward and will be moving over much cooler water. the colder temperatures will help weaken the storm system. it should be a tropical storm as we head into thursday. by this weekend coming up on saturday by about 8:00 p.m. it should be weakening into just a depression before impacting sections of hawaii. it is before impacting land. across parts of the u.s. we are lacking at areas of showers and thundersto
-zawahiri was second in command now first in command because osama bin laden has been killed. apparently he was having communications with the leader of al qaeda's arabian peninsula affiliate. a gentleman named nasiral wuhayshi. that is what fox news has been able to confirm, what originally set off the fear there was a major and imminent attack underway. i think what's become more scary, judge, is yesterday during the press briefing with jay carney, the president's spokesperson, he would not rule out the fact this could be on united states soil as well. >> i hate when they do that. they shouldn't scare people nedlessly. first of all, anything is possible and anything is potential. the question is is it more likely than not. the two pictures on the skraoeb, when the white house -- on the screen, when the revealed they were having communication with each other, and i'm glad they have it, we've declared war on it, they are in charge of that organization, they're not americans, they have every right to listen to them, did the white house reveal what we know about them in order to justify the president sp
between the man who succeeded osama bin laden as the head of al qaeda central and a former personal aide to bin laden and who is also the head of al qaeda's satellite group al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. nbc news reports tonight that a third significant al qaeda operative was also a party to communication discussing the attack. that third al qaeda leader expressed the desire to blow himself up in an attack, something he has not been allowed to do in the past. today a state department spokesperson was asked about the striking coincidence that the government made the threat public immediately after russia granted asylum to edward snowden, the nsa leaker. >> couldn't it be argued that suddenly we're hearing about this potential threat to u.s. interests and u.s. persons and property at a time when there's a lot of debate and a lot of criticism of this program as well as other nsa types of surveillance? >> i can assure you that that in no way at all, period, 100% affects how we evaluate threat information coming in, specifically in terms of this threat. >> republican peter king offered a
the same kind of international profile osama bin laden had wants to put himself on the world stage and asking his most effective assassin to do that. you asked about the drone campaign, a follow-up to what bobby was saying. al qaeda did control a piece of the country. either not just a drone campaign. there is an active war by the yemeni government that the u.s. is involved with in southern yemen. >> bob, i want to caulk aboutta, operational as the united states government says it is, as concerned as the u.s. government says it is. you've pointed out, they haven't been very successful. >> well, i think the key thing here is that what you have is a situation where they certainly have not been able to kill the top leaders. what you have here three leaders targeted last week remain active, including al wuhayshi. i think that is something that is very worth questioning. because if you are pressing such a drone cam fein as the u.s. is and the top three guys are still active, still operational, that does call into question its effectiveness. >> bobby ghosh, the stability of the yemen gov
zawahiri took over from osama bin laden gave the order for a series of attacks and assigned his most effectivivee ivive ivin to do this. the attack was intended to take place on the night of destiny which was on sunday. it is the holiest day of the holy month of ramadan and it is a day that is used -- been used in the past by al qaeda and other militant groups to try to inspire their followers that if they are going to do it during ramadan they may as well do it on the holiest day. the question is, obviously, that attack didn't happen. when do you dial back? do you wait through the end of ramadan which is going to come just in a couple of days? do you continue this level of alert through the holiday which is the feast which follows the months of fasting of ramadan? so i think right now, we are seeing precautionary measures because we don't know when to stop this thing and when does the threat expire? maybe it doesn't. >> richard, thanks so much. >>> i want to bring in democratic congressman adam shift of california, a member of the intelligence committee. sir, good to have you here.
qaeda. we often saw owe osama bin laden putting pressure on affiliates in different places to carry out attacks but the final word on something like this is going to come from the people on the ground, the people in yemen, people like wuahyshi for the reason we're seeing today. communication back and forth between yemen and pakistan is easily intercepted. >> warner: and that probably explains the intensified u.s. drone strikes in yemen over the past week. finally, how aggressively is the government of yemen and this new president going after a.q.a.p. both on its own and in concert with the u.s.? >> right. well the new government under president hadi who was just in the u.s. last week meeting with president obama, president hadi has given the u.s. a green light to carry out strikes in a variety of different places at the times of the u.s. choosing. he's doing this because he has a lack of domestic support within yemen. so he needs the u.s. to make up for that lack of domestic support. so there's an open communication which is much different now than it was from when the former president
the election. and remember the bin laden raid was one of the biggest moments in this administration's history thus far. >> a hollywood production team making a film called "zero dark thirty" about that obama/osama bin laden raid in which they, well, apparently glorify the president's role. >> access to classified information for a movie that is going to come out three weeks before the reelection? >> incredible. >> it's funny. the right never seems to mind movies or series that attack democrats, like this special on the president in 2008. >> we'll have exclusive information never revealed before about his ties to controversial people and radical groups. >> obama definitely has something to hide. >> many believe it was during these formative college years that his radical beliefs and relationships began. >> we're basically going to be in the throes of a socialist revolution. >> republicans need to spend less time thinking about movies and a little more time on fixing their party. joining me now is victoria di francesco soto and ari melber. thank you both for being here. >> thanks, rev. >> thank
to osama bin laden in pakistan directly to the top al qaeda official in yemen or whether it was more of a roundabout relayed communication. in any event, regardless of how it was constructed, it's the wording that so alarmed officials in which the leader of al qaeda in pakistan has basically given the order or approval of what the two are believed to be saying is a significant event, a big terror attack that would have significant strategic consequences, as the way they described it. and that is what has led to all the changes that we've seen in the past several days. >> let me play, pooeete, what congressman peter king said on "morning joe" this morning. >> this one was so precise as to the nature of the attack. there were some dates given in there. the sources were so credible that there's no doubt -- >> all the threats overseas, right? no domestic threats? >> no, i would not say that. it does not say where the threat is going to be. it could be anywhere in the world. >> anywhere in the world, pete. we know that. back to this intercepted communication, how was this information made
qaeda. sources are telling cnn that osama bin laden's successor, ayman al-zawahiri sent a letter saying, do something. the chatter set off all of this. nick payton walsh is watching this developing. nick, it has been five days since we first became aware of this terrorist threat and what we have seen today, the threat is clearly still ongoing. so why else would the u.s., why would briton, those folks be getting out of yemen? >> reporter: well, certainly the threat whilst being starved, anything from west africa, bangladesh to yemen, even though they thought it would be last sunday, it's ongoing. no one is clear where this is coming from. the state department is continuing to evaluate new information. that withdrawal of diplomatic staff you've been talking about, that has been emotional for a couple of days. the u.s. did repeat its normal travel advice to most americans to get out of yemen and never travel there anyway. a certain escalation on their part today. many asking is it possibly the drone strikes overnight against militants in yemen that may have contributed to that that now bri
a terror attack. >> catherine: that man, once osama bin laden's personal secretary, is reportedly now the second in command in the organization world wide. it >> may well be this a naser al-wuhayshi's coming out party as the number two of al qaeda. >> catherine: the wording indicated the preparations are in the final stages. >>it basically could be in europe. it could be in the united states. it could be a series of combined attacks. so, we need to be ready for everything. >> catherine: the u-s response has gone beyond the worldwide travel warning and closing embassies >> catherine: defense secretary chuck hagel ordered u.s. forces in spain and italy onto a higher state of alert. fifteen- hundred marines on board three navy warships in the red sea will now remain off the coast of yemen, ready to react. >> pam: michael duckies here to talk about this and was ahead. >> under the four california government code that allows you to things which each party has requested. they can point up to five members and they have seven days they cannot recommend one way or the other. they can then deci
a sense of urgery. the one-time personal secretary to osama bin laden runs the yemen-based branch of al qaeda. his group, aqap has proven to be the most aggressive in plotting against american targets. they are home to an explosives expert who targeted u.s.-bound airplanes with bombs hidden inside underwear and computer printers. aqap has been hit hard by sveral u.s. drone strikes, one of which killed their deputy commander earlier this year. still officials warn aqap remains dangerous and capable of inflicting serious damage. on monday the white house with this message. >> we believe it's significant and we are taking it seriously for that reason. >> reporter: the intelligence remains incomplete. u.s. officials stunned at the veteran al qaeda leaders openly discuss possible plots but they still can't say where, when or how an attack will be carried out. counter-terrorism official phil mudd said publicity around the threat could delay potential attacks. >> people who take the step to contemplate the murder of innocents for political cause don't turn back. if we don't take them off the b
is alive and osama bin laden is dead and the construction of core al-qaeda and noncore al-qaeda is part of this. the president has taken a more capacious view of islamism and running the whole spectrum like from the muslim brotherhood whom he supported for their bid once upon a time. they are islamist and they are moderate with whom the united states can do business. and all the way over to including what they call and what jay carney calls core al-qaeda that these are radical islamist and theocrates that want to impose the twisted form of this phase on to countries. and the gradient delineations across the spectrum of what it is to be an islamist and mustheocrat gets the administration in role tangles as they try to explain the difference between good, bad, different and inside and outside. what americans know when you close down 19 embassy and withdrawing all american personnel out of the strugem. americans who reasonably ignore or try to ignore what is happening in that part of the world are called to attention. >> let me jump in for a second. i will talk to congressman peter king on
years al qaeda core has been greatly diminished, not least because of the elimination of osama bin laden. what is also true is that al qaeda and affiliated organizations represent a continued threat to the united states. >> welcome back to "morning joe." it is 22 past the hour. >> 8:22 a.m. eastern time. >> that's when you're at your best, 8:22. that's where you peak. so nicole, it's so fascinating listening to the obama administration talking about the threat from al qaeda. they are balancing so many of the same things that the bush administration balanced. what's interesting is when they put america on high alert, you don't have everybody in the press going, are they doing this for political reasons. aren't you waiting for the first major newspaper to make that suggestion? i haven't heard it yet. >> it is interesting. i think this is a place where where else do we have representative king and jay carney saying exactly the same thing, singing from exactly the same song sheet. it gives us reinsurance about the truth of something incredibly dire and depressing, the threat of terrorism is
international concern. u.s. sources tell nbc news it was this man who replaced osama bin laden to head al qaeda that said he wanted to do something big. a massive attack during these, the final days of the muslim month of ramadan. the target wasn't very specific, but the assassins tapped for the job were. al qaeda's most capable branch located in yemen, but they were intercepted leading washington to close 20 posts at least through the weekend and issue travel alerts through august. >> we have to be continually vigilant and have been. >> reporter: today americans were told to leave yemen where al qaeda established a base. >> they have people that are very determined and very patient in attempting to carry out these attacks against the united states. >> reporter: they have especially skilled bomb makers. it was al qaeda in yemen that put an underwear bomb on a flight to detroit and sent a printer cartridge bomb to chicago. it's no surprise the man that took over from bin laden tapped his branch for a big attack. it's been creative, aggressive, and determined to attack the united states. yemeni o
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